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June 13, 2007

Treating TB

Treating TB

TB began making headlines recently when Andrew Speaker crossed borders with a drug-resistant strain of the disease. But in some countries, even treatable tuberculosis is endemic and deadly.

TB deaths are rare in the U.S. because of widespread antibiotics. But there was a time when the diagnosis of tuberculosis could mean years of isolation in sanitariums, and the real possibility of death.

Mary Lee Haywood was diagnosed with TB in 1952, when she was 18. She had plans to go to nursing school and marry her high school sweetheart. All of that had to be postponed. Instead, Mary Lee spent nearly 2 years in sanatoriums. For a full year, she was confined to bed rest in a hospital.

Mary Lee talks with Dick Gordon about how she got through those years: the games she played with other girls, the determination she developed, and how her experience "on the other side of the bed" has made her a better nurse.

Run Granny Run

When she was 90, Doris "Granny D" Haddock walked across the country to lobby for campaign finance reform. She became an instant hero, but that walk was nothing compared to her 2004 run for the US Senate - at age 94. 

Dick Gordon talks with a still feisty Doris, her son Jim (who at age 69 served as her road manager), and Marlo Poras, who made a film about the unlikely campaign called "Run Granny Run."

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